JAMESTOWN - For young musician who show special talent or interest in performing, now is the time to encourage his or her teacher to contact the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony for a unique opportunity.
Under the leadership of Music Director and Conductor Bryan Eckenrode, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has begun its 27th season of offering classical music education and performance opportunities to serious music students from elementary school through college.
Jan. 10 will be the first rehearsal of the season for CRYS's beginning string musicians. Prelude Strings rehearses on Friday afternoons in the chapel on the Lutheran Campus on Falconer Street in Jamestown.
All three Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony orchestras begin rehearsals in January for their Spring Gala Concert in May. Here Conductor Bryan Eckenrode rehearses the strings players.
CRYS's other two orchestras begin their Saturday rehearsals on Jan. 18 on the stage of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts in downtown Jamestown. The Young Artists Orchestra is for intermediate string, brass, wind and percussion players. The Youth Symphony, CRYS's premier performance group, is composed of highly talented and motivated high school and college musicians.
In March, CRYS students will travel to Pittsburgh for a meet-and-greet with members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Then they will enjoy a matinee performance of Saint-Saens's The Carnival of the Animals in magnificent Heinz Hall. Cartoon artist Joe Wos from the Toonseum will illustrate the animals as the orchestra performs.
On the last weekend in March, Youth Symphony musicians will participate in a weekend of concentrated coaching, rehearsing, and fun at Chautauqua Institution.
These rehearsals are all in preparation for the three orchestras' Spring Gala Concert on May 4 in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
Orchestra students are selected by teacher recommendation.